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BASKETBALL: Lady Raiders secure district title; boys one win away

Jules Ferrell looks for an open teammate Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024 against Lincoln County. -- Photo by Holly Peterson, THUNDER RADIO WMSR

Make it a lucky number 7 straight district titles for the Coffee County Central Lady Raider basketball team.

The Lady Raiders fell behind 25-24 at the very start of the second half to visiting Lincoln County Tuesday night before exploding. Coffee County went on to score 23 third quarter points and pull away for a 59-43 win, securing their seventh consecutive district title dating back to 2018.

“We were able to create some pressure tonight and get some transition points,” said CHS head coach Joe Pat Cope. “I think our point guard (Jules Ferrell) was playing at another level.”

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CHS forced 5 third quarter turnovers by the Falcons and turned most all of them into points. Olivia Vinson and Natalie Barnes each scored 11 second half points each. Barnes finished with a team-high 20.

“I thought we did a much better job handling their pressure tonight,” said Barnes. Coffee County turned the ball over 10 times in the win – cutting down from the 17 they committed in a tight 6 point win at Lincoln County back on Saturday.

Jules Ferrell scored 12 in the win and added some big assists in the third quarter.

“It’s easy to find those passes (off turnovers) when everyone gets back quick,” explained Ferrell.

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Coffee County took advantage of aggressive Falcon defense and went 25-31 at the free throw line. Two Lady Falcons fouled out. Lincoln County was led by Abby Bryan who got hot from deep and scored 21.

CHS improves to 25-3 on the season and 9-0 in district play. The win secures the regular season district title ahead of the finale Thursday at Spring Hill.

RAIDER BOYS 60, LINCOLN COUNTY 32

Coffee County got revenge on Lincoln County and they got it quick. The Raiders jumped in front of the Falcons 21-6 Tuesday night behind 9 first quarter points from Brady Wright in a 60-32 win.

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The Raiders never let the Falcons get back within a 10 point game – eventually pulling away by as much as 30 midway through the fourth.

Cooper Reed finished with a game high 19 points – 15 of those coming in the second half. Jackson Shemwell added 11 and Brady Wright 9.

The win secures no worse than second place in the district standings for the Raiders (16-11 overall / 7-2 District 9-4A) and a first round bye in the District 9-4A tournament. A win on Thursday at Spring Hill will give the Raiders the regular season district championship.

Jackson Shemwell ties up a loose ball Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024. — Photo by Thunder Radio WMSR

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